Tag Archives: Shenandoah Valley

Noyalas Takes the Helm at Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute

Emerging Civil War extends our congratulations to our friend Jonathan A. Noyalas. Already regarded as one of the finest historians in the Shenandoah Valley, and lauded for his excellence in teaching, he started this semester with a new post: the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/30-2/5/17

On January 31, 1862, General “Stonewall” Jackson signed a letter requesting to return to Virginia Military Institute or offering to submit his resignation. The message was prompted by orders for Jackson to return a complaining subordinate to the headquarters city, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

If a four mile hike isn’t your preferred weekend activity, how about a relaxing drive to see the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley? I visited Shenandoah National Park in August, so obviously I didn’t get to see the autumn colors, … Continue reading

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Stonewall and the Chindit II: Unfinished Adventure Stories

In my last post, I compared and contrasted Generals Stonewall Jackson and Orde Wingate. I then closed with a question: Why are these men objects of such interest and fascination?           There are two main reasons, and they … Continue reading

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Lunsford Lindsay Lomax or Lindsay Lunsford Lomax?

Another installment from the “Tales from the Tombstone series.” On one of my last driving trips in Virginia before relocating, I passed through the town of Warrenton, Virginia. Rich in Civil War history, the Warrenton City Cemetery has a Confederate … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: Little Phil and a Big Valley

Conclusion of a series. The Battle of Cedar Creek effectively ended Confederate operations in the ShenandoahValley. Philip Sheridan’s final victory in the Valley removed a key piece of the logistical puzzle that Robert E. Lee relied upon. While Sheridan had … Continue reading

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From the Wilderness, the Blue Ridge in the Distance

Just beyond its cross-the-T intersection with Brock Road, Route 3 west begins a gentle mile-long descent toward Wilderness Run. There, it crosses the creek and then jumps the border between Spotsylvania and Orange counties before pushing upward and westward again. … Continue reading

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“Mosby will hang ten of you for every one of us!” The Black Flag in the Shenandoah Valley

part one of two The execution of six Mosby’s Rangers on September 23, 1864 was not the first or last in a bloody back and forth between the famed Confederate partisan and the aggressive Union cavalryman. When Maj. Gen. Philip … Continue reading

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Already Looking Toward Next Weekend?

As one weekend wraps up and we stare at the conventional work week that unfolds in front of us, it is human nature to wonder about the upcoming weekend and start to think of plans. For some this is the … Continue reading

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Little Phil Takes Command

At a simple rail stop outside Frederick, Maryland the two commanders shook hands as the train prepared to depart. After a brief meeting, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, the General-in-Chief of the United States Armies, handed written orders to his … Continue reading

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